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Decade review: 2010-2019

Medical Environment Update, December 21, 2019

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As you know, there are only a few weeks left before the end of 2019 and the start of a new decade. For this December edition, we asked Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, and Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, to take a look back at some of the trends and events that marked 2010–2019, and take some educated guesses at what’s in store for the next 10 years in clinical and lab safety.

2010–2019

Q: What were some of the biggest changes (good or bad) in clinical and lab safety the past decade? Why were they important?

Scungio: The U.S. adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals in 2012 created many changes for the way labs manage chemicals. The updated hazard communications regulations changed terminology (MSDS became SDS, for example), unified chemical labeling and safety data sheets, and introduced pictograms in the use of labeling chemicals.

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